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German regulators almost killed the original 911 Turbo's whale-tail spoiler

Carmakers and regulators are involved in a continual, ever-evolving game of tug-of-war. Perhaps the biggest indication of this reality is the significant gap separating a car's vision-put forth by OEM design and engineering departments-and the reality that government restrictions will permit.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/german-regulators-almost-killed-the-original-911-tu...
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Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Neat story. I didn't know Porsche had to go to court for that.
drhino
Technician

Now automakers are begging for governments to mandate EVs. Easier to build, less parts/vendors, no need for as many employees. Higher margins!

We know you don’t want these things— the government made us do it!
Tinkerah
Engineer

I wouldn't think manufacturers would need government mandates to produce products that are easier to build, require fewer parts and employees, and provide higher margins. Also no emission standards to meet.
drhino
Technician

They don’t want to take the blame for producing stuff most people don’t want. That’s why they want the mandates. As I said above— the government made us do it.
Tinkerah
Engineer

Us motorheads might not want them but we may be a dying breed. I believe there is strong demand for them, and they are an ideal vehicle for certain use patterns.

coop
Intermediate Driver

Whale-tail? Too bad the regulators didn't win.
OCULUSNY
Intermediate Driver

I read this with great anticipation that we might discover more about the Safety N*zies, but alas, no expansion into other contemporary design specifications.  I have loathed BMW's pedestrian-safe tall front grills for years, and indeed, dubbed them "Frau Catchers" when they first appeared.  

 

But the flip-side of that is how does Porsche get away with their low-sloped noses?  Is there a minimum production threshold that Porsches avoids the homologated high grills?  Or, having been whooped by Porsche lawyers once, maybe regulators just don't go there?

 

Insight would be welcome.

SJ
Technician

Nice outcome, kudos not bowing down.
SAG
Technician

Newest rides running non-functional
Rear wings, is a joke.
Function before Fancy.